Rock River Lager | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Rock River LagerRock River Lager

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 77
Photo of trill
1.32/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Crystal-clear yellow pour with a nice large head that drops to around 1/8". Smell is buttery malt with a hint of DMS. Taste is lots of DMS and corn, and a touch of dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is not compltetely lacking, but this one tastes terrible. Sink pour.

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Photo of shabbtastic
1.67/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really hate to give this review but as a beer lover I have to speak the truth.

A - With the exception of the label, it was run of the mill 10 cent draft quality. No head and very little carbonation. Lacing was non existent.

S - Corn husks and vinegar

T - Dry with no hop flavor. Also a bit flat - perhaps the twist offs had something to do with that??

M - Nothing spectacular in the way of "feel". It just laid there :)

D - Not overly offensive, the feel gives the drinkability a lower score here.

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Photo of Krishob
1.98/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours with a foamy white head that reduce to just a small ring that clings to the side of the glass. Clear yellow almost burnt ember in color.

Smell - there is a sweet smell to it right up front. Also very floral, but there is a strange metallic or tin smell there as well.

Taste- overly sweet for a lager with that metallic taste on the backside. Has an almost apple cider taste and not well balanced at all. No bitterness and again more on the sweet side then would expected from a lager.

Mouthfeel - felt like I was drinking a non-alcoholic apple cider that has had water or even apple juice added to it to make it stretch. Very thin and watery.

Drinkability - this came in a sampler pack and there is one more left. I will be passing this off on to someone else. K am not opposed to a sweet beer but this is just one that for my taste would not want to have unless I had drank all my better beer and didn't feel like going out to get more.

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Photo of jasrbrd
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came in a Christmas gift pack (and I found out that most of them in the pack are from the same brewery)
From Minhas Craft brew but listed as "brewed and bottled by MDII Rochester, NY".
Not very much to this at all.
I basic and I mean BASIC lager. Listed as "brewed with high grade halt and hops".
No hops flavor at all and little malt.
Not recommended

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Part of the "Beers of America" package. "Bottled expressly for household use" printed on the label, whatever that means.

Noisy, large-bubbled, bone colored head that dissipates quickly. The color is a bronzed gold. The smell is slightly sweet, but of something almost chemical. The taste is also on the sweet grain side, maybe some corn in there as well, but with minimal hops. Extremely light body, soft mouthfeel. Not overly distinct, not overly satisfying.

For the money, there are significantly better lagers available.

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Photo of number1bum
2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of the History of Beer in America pack.

Pours a perectly clear golden color with about a finger and a half of white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves a touch of stick here and there.

Smell is sweet, and sweet. Bleh. It's a pale lager alright, in all its glory. How out some hops? Not enjoying this.

Taste has more than just sweet...skunk. Ugh this is not good. Sweet honey like flavor, but it's not pleasant. Some weird fruitiness as well, plus some skunk. It's worse than the smell. Sweet pale malt and some skunky grain and that's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp enough to keep it from being completly disgustingly sweet. Still not good.

The other 3 beers I have tried from this box have been decent; nothing special but drinkable. This one is downright bad. I just cannot stomach it; it's a drainpour. But then again, the history of beer in America is full of bad lagers. So in that case, well done Minhas.

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Photo of oelergud
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear pale golden body, low carbonation, retention and minimum lace.
Sour nose with some malt notes coming through, taste is largely the same. Aftertaste is abit too sour but mercifully short.
Good mouthfeel and minimum coating.
Low on my drinkability score.


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Photo of stevoj
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased as part of the Beers of America Historical Collection, contract brewed from original recipes. Nothing special at all here, nice golden color, no head and light lacing. Flavor is so light it’s almost non-existent. Reminds me of an American macro-brew from the 70’s, which is not a good thing....

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear dark golden in color. Sudsy white head that's gone pretty quickly. No lacing. Not good. More along the lines of a bad malt liquor.

S - Toned down. A bit sweet and metallic. A little grains. Actually smells a bit like playdough. Or some sort of clay.

T - Toned down just like the aroma. Sweet with a bit of grains and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. The medium carbonation. Pretty smooth just average.

D - This might be one of the worst beers I have had in a long time. If you have a chance to pick this one up...Don't. Just keep on walking.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and shining gold hued brew with a two finger white head like crisp linen. The head recedes to a cap, then a collar within a few minutes, and some crusty white lace is left on the glass. Swirling builds up a thin cap again.

S - This lacks the German pils aromas entirely. This sort of smells like a sweet malty macro lager. There is a whiff of mineral metallic notes, and the malt aspect is thin.

T - Better than the nose, but still narrow and thin with a metallic overtone. Some crisp hops show themselves here.

M - Crisp, biting, and clean with a good deal of carbonation and a sweet touch on the finish. Metallic and thin.

D - I would drink a couple of these if they were free, but I won't buy this again. Not all bad, and macro lovers might really enjoy this as a baby step up to more authentic German and Czech pilsners.

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Photo of berserker256
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I pour the drink into a pint glass and it's not impresseive. A small sad head fades away into a straw-colored beer that kind of looks like apple juice. Fizzy bubbles continualy rise to the top of the glass but it looks weak. It stinks of green apple skin and astringent chemicals. Unripe apples and pears dominate the flavor. It tastes and smells like a substance that I would clean out a bloody wound with. Acidic, apple, sour, aftertaste. Decently bodied and carbonated. NOT easy to drink. I don't care for it. Poor for a German Lager style beer. Not even close to what it should be.

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Photo of hopdog
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!).

Poured a medium yellow/golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of graininess, and corny. Tastes of the same graininess, corny, and a little sweet. Hey, its a Pale Lager!

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.51/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

All around.
I think there's something just not right about the water that this brewery uses. There's a crappy tap water taste to the brews I've tried.
As a pilsner this a C- student. Very mild, slightly lemony.
The best thing about this beer is its appearance, but the sad part is that this is probably tastier straight from the bottle.

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Photo of everetends
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, yet again, from the Beers of America mixed pack which I think I have finally worked my way through. Served up in a pint.

A: Wow. This has the palest yellow color that is almost clear water. It is ridiculous. The beer has a pretty lame look. Had about a finger of head that went away immediately. Wow, shitty.

S: Smell is of some corn and malt. Your typical lager. Don't really have anything else to say here. What? Stop looking at me.

T: Yup, it tastes like a lager. Heavy sweet corn presence. Yup. no presence of hops. Grassy, earth presence.

M: Thin, watery, light bodied beer. Guess it matches the style. HEY!!! A ton of carbonation and it finally works for one of the style!!!! What do you know, they nailed it on this one. Crisp, very crisp. No aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy as a lager should. This beer is not that great at all. This and the porter from this pack were probably the worst. Pretty lame.

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Photo of Contagion
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The deliver method was the standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label is off white with the words Rock River crossing it at an upward angle. There is a picture of a river on it, presumably the Rock River. (ED. Note. I've lived along the mighty Rock River and have traveled up and down the whole length of it through out my life. I've done this by car, canoe and boat. I don't know for sure it's the same river this is named after, but it adds just a bit more of coolness to the beer for me.)

There is a light golden yellow coloring to it. It poured a half inch thick head made of up of large bubbles. In less than 30 seconds the head faded into a film on top of the beer. There was some lacing, but not very much of it.

The scent was weak. What could be detected was malts and what can be described best as a freshly mowed field. Much like the scent, the taste was very weak. All that I could really pick out was a very mild malt flavor. It's not much different that the mass-produced American light lagers that are on the market. Almost no aftertaste is left after your done drinking

It is a light bodied beer. There is some carbonation that bites on the tongue, but not much else. There is no coating and really nothing that lingers in the mouth.

If you are looking for a nice beer to go with a meal, this would be it. There is not enough flavor to it to alter the taste of the food. It went really well with the gumbo I had for dinner tonight.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color belies fuller bodied taste. Lots of malt, late kick of hops. This is a tastier than average American pilsner, the malt is somewhat more roasted, in the German fashion. Tastes fresh and crisp, like October Country. This was once the taste of rural communities all over: small regional breweries using no adjuncts, plenty of ingredients, without watering to taste.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is clear, golden in color with my pour producing a weak white head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, a little grainy, seems to contain adjucnts (corn). While I do not think it does, it just smells like it a bit. Nothing hop related in the aroma.

Taste: Listed as a German Pilsner, this drinks more like a typical American macro lager. Some slightly sweet malts, sweetness is not cloying but noticeable. No hop bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with a crisp finish. As mentioned previously, it drinks like a macro lager.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed eighteen pack that came in a nice metal "box" that I may try to use as a patio cooler this summer. That's been about the best thing about these beers. This one is a decent easy drinker, just not overly memorable or one that I would seek out again.

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Photo of generallee
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a light foamy white head that fades quickly to a thin wispy covering and then down to nothing. There is not much in the way of lacing, just a few slick spots at the top of the glass. The body has a bright golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is light and has hints of grassy hops, light husky grain and cooked vegetables.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a fairly dry grainy, corn and husky malt taste with some grassy hops. The finish is dry with mild bitterness and acidity as well as an odd salty mineral like thing. The body is light to medium with a light easy drinking texture and light fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This is nothing more than your basic American pale light colored lager. It is drinkable but boring and I have noticed that all the beers in this mixed 18 pack are oddly similar to each other. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of ihscout426
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is labeled a German Pilsner, but is more accuratley an American Pilsner. The color was golden and it poured clear with a small head. The smell was slightly sweet and almost of corn. No real hop note and the malt never develops beyond the initial sweet characteristic. This is a plain old american lager that does not stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Don for this one!
Forgotten in the dusty depths of Orbitalr0x's cellar, unearthed by Dan.

Pale bright gold with a compact head of creamy white foam. Some lacing, random arcs here and there. Sharp clarity and racing carb streams.

Faint honey malt aroma, surprisingly inoffensive.

Taste is bland and cereally, light honey, clean dry finish. Fairly thin and watery. Not recommended, but not as bad as we all thought it would be. Cool label.

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Photo of thekanna
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the "Beers of America" Historical Beers six pack.

A: Poured clear yellow into a stein with about 2 fingers of white, frothy, clean head. Lots of large effervescent bubbles attach to the side of the glass and rise from the bottom.

S: General yeasty adjunct malt smell, with a metallic tinge.

T/M: Crisp carbonation upfront with a sweet malt body that devolves into a diacetyl creaminess and a slight hop bite. A very textbook example of a pilsener.

D: Quite a drinkable pilsener, though many other breweries can do about the same thing for less per bottle.

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Photo of beveritt
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. This is from a sample pack of historic American brews.

Appearance: Pours with a little over an inch of pure white foam. The foam doesn't stick around long, and visibly retreats, leaving some lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and crystal clear, with just enough bubbles coming up to keep a thin layer of head.

Smell: Sweet malt upfront, with strong hints of adjuncts. Very little in the way of hop aroma, but has a slight metallic twinge.

Taste: Sweet yet shallow maltiness with no depth or hops. Unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average for this style of American lager, which means high. Body is average.

Drinkability: Not much here to talk about. Not a drain pour, but very little depth or character.

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Photo of madjr80
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large mug.Light gold in color with a thick head of foam that eventually fizzled down in about 15 minutes. There was plenty of carbonation (real tiny bubbles) that gave it a crisp bite. The taste of it wasn't bad, but it wasn't something that I would rave about. Slight bittering from hops, but it didn't linger or leave me wanting more. I would probably keep the remainder of these beer cold just for any of my macro drinking friends.

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Photo of Mdog
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation, but the head fades to nothing quickly despite the many bubbles rising through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, almost smells like a white wine for some reason.

Taste: Sweet fruity malt. A little more there than macro-brews.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

A slight step up from the big boys in flavor, just smells a little different and the appearance could use some work.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring straight out of the fridge. Helpful, or not?
Pale color of gold. Bright. Clean white head that is small and leaves really quickly.
Clean aroma of sweet malt and typical for style. Seems to have a metallic quality or that could be the glass.
Mild flavors all around. Seems to be lacking any sweetness. Bitterness notable that leads to a distinct dryness. Malt character of some bread.
Fully carbonated (so why such a little head?). Actually rather filling on that account. Otherwise feel is moderately light and seem right.
Drinks fine, just lacking any distinct character.
Part of beers of America series.

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